As Chicago’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the fastest transmission rate the city sees is among unvaccinated 12 to 17-year-olds.
“Unvaccinated teens are not only responsible for much of our outbreak at the moment, but they are also [at a] much, much higher risk of getting COVID,” said Dr. Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner Allison Arwday at a Facebook Live event Tuesday.
Chicago’s seven-day vaccination average shows the lowest percentage of vaccines administered among 5- to 11-year-olds, followed by 12- to 17-year-olds.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Chicago is up 10 percent from the previous week, with unvaccinated 12 to 17-year-olds posting the strongest increase among unvaccinated people.
The city’s top doctors said unvaccinated 15 to 17-year-olds in Chicago are seven times more likely than their fully vaccinated counterparts to be diagnosed with COVID, and unvaccinated 12 to 14-year-olds more than 10 times as likely. have a chance .
Hospital admissions were relatively flat among teens, but have increased sharply among those over 65.
“Unvaccinated Chicagoans of all ages are more likely to be hospitalized,” Arwday said.
Chicago remains in “high transmission” for COVID-19 risk, with 455 cases diagnosed per day. Arwday expects the number to continue to rise.
Children from the age of 5 are now eligible for vaccines against the coronavirus. For adults seeking booster shots, the Cook County Department of Public Health said Tuesday that “no one seeking a booster will be turned away from a vaccination site.”